The RatCAP research team holding the PET device
PET scans of a rat's brain made with the RatCAP scanner measuring levels of dopamine, which are concentrated in the striatum, a brain region involved in reward and motivation
U.S. scientists have developed a new miniature, wearable Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner which enables the simultaneous study of brain function and behavior in animals. PET scans are much like Computed Tomography (CT) scans and have helped uncover the molecular underpinnings of conditions like drug addiction, brain diseases such as dementia and they have been used in the medical imaging of cancers.
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